|The Raven Boys|
One of the things that makes me really enjoy a book is when I find it is like no other book I have read. New setting, new characters, and new themes generally add up to a good read for me. In The Raven Boys we have psychics, rich private school boys, ghosts, a dead Welsh king, and mysterious lines around the Earth called "ley lines" which have an unusual amount of psychic energy.
Blue Sargent is the daughter of a psychic and even though she is not herself psychic, she helps others by somehow magnifying and focusing psychic energy with her presence. Blue and her mother live in a house with other psychics and they make a living from reading tarot cards for clients. Blue also works in a diner and she makes friends with a group of students from the prestigious Aglionby Academy after one of them leaves a journal filled with entries about a dead Welsh king and ley lines. Could these be related to the corpse lines that her mother and her friends feel in the area?
I like Blue. She is smart, brave, and independent. She has an interesting relationship with her mother which can be seen in this conversation.I highly recommend this book to teens who enjoy a little fantasy and mysticism. This is the first of a series and I really hope the originality continues into the next book.
Way back before you were born, Calla and Persephone and I were messing around with things we probably shouldn't have been messing around with __. Drugs? Rituals. Are you messing around with drugs? No. but maybe rituals. Drugs might be better. I'm not interested in them. Their effects are proven - where's the fun in that?